CONSECRATION TO JESUS CHRIST THROUGH MARY AND JOSEPH
by Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS
ISBN/EAN13: 1468179020 / 9781468179026
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“To be ‘hers’ is to belong perfectly to Jesus Christ.” Few persons realize the great role the Virgin Mary plays in the sanctification of souls. As spiritual Mother of the Mystical Body, Mary, together with the Holy Spirit, has the task of forming Christ in souls through divine grace. The great Marian Saints Louis De Montfort and Maximilian Kolbe, continuing and further developing a 2000-year tradition of theologically sound and Christocentric devotion to the Mother of God, consistently taught that our response to Mary’s role as Spiritual Mother should be nothing short of total consecration to Her. This book thoroughly explores the firm theological foundations for this sublime devotion of total consecration, focusing on Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood as it is expressed and manifested through Her three-fold function as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all grace, and Advocate for the People of God. This work stands out among the many books written on consecration to Mary in that it takes into serious consideration the often neglected role of St. Joseph in this devotion, thereby exalting the entire Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, or the Earthly Trinity, as the basis for a universal spirituality, especially suited for the laity. With an understanding of (1) St Joseph’s spousal union with Mary as the epitome of perfect consecration to Jesus through Mary; (2) his role as Spiritual Father and Patron of the universal Church; (3) and finally, the universality of the call to holiness, and the corresponding universal spirituality that this devotion offers, the reader will be brought to an entirely new awareness of and appreciation for the profundity of this most sanctifying devotion of perfect consecration to Jesus, through Mary, in the spirit of St. Joseph. A new prayer of total consecration to Jesus, through Mary, is included. Available as paperback and ebook (Kindle) from Amazon.
THE BLESSED MOTHER’S PLAN TO SAVE HUMANITY
by Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS
ISBN/EAN13: 1468075063 / 9781468075069
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Humanity is both a witness to and a victim of a cosmic battle taking place between “the Woman clothed with the Sun” and the “huge Red Dragon,” the ancient serpent, or Satan. The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, has been appearing on every continent throughout the world to warn of impending chastisements to befall humanity if it does not return to God with faith, prayer and penance. In the fourth edition, revised of this book is outlined the blueprint for the Blessed Mother’s plan to save humanity. By studying, reflecting upon and comparing key Church-approved messages and secrets, we can trace God’s providential and salvific plan, a plan that places Mary at the head of God’s cosmic army in battle against Satan for souls, and entrusts her with the task of leading as many souls as possible to her Son through consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Moreover, the final outcome has already been foretold, and we have every reason to hope, for “In the end, [Mary’s] Immaculate Heart will triumph!”
THE FIVE WAYS OF AQUINAS: LOGICAL PROOFS FOR GOD’S EXISTENCE
by Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS
ISBN/EAN13: 1468166921 / 9781468166927
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In this brief essay, author Jayson Brunelle takes his readers on a “guided-tour” of the famed “five-ways” of St. Thomas Aquinas, as these are originally presented in Book Ia, Question 2, Article 3 of St. Thomas’ master-work, the Summa Theologiae. Brunelle begins by anticipating and responding to the two most common objections to the veracity of the conclusions and/or the soundness of the arguments presented by Aquinas, which are (1) the challenge of logical positivism, which is the philosophical conviction that one ought only to accept or acknowledge as “true” that which can be empirically verified. The second challenge is that of radical epistemological skepticism, which goes a step further by asserting that it is impossible to “know” anything, whatever, with any degree of certainty. Clearly, these two challenges seem, from the outset, to undo any possibility of arguing for, let alone “proving,” God’s existence, yet these issues, as the reader shall see, are dealt with quite simply and, in truth, pose no threat at all to the integrity of the “five-ways.” Finally, having addressed the above preliminary issues, the author explains what Aquinas means when he argues in favor of the existence of (1) a First-Mover, Itself unmoved; (2) a First-cause, Itself un-caused; (3) a non-contingent, Necessary Being; (4) an ultimate standard of Perfection, Itself perfect in every respect; and (5) a universal, supremely intelligent and all-powerful Designer, responsible for the countless instances of complex design exhibited all throughout the cosmos – not least of which is the organic, carbon-based gray-matter of the human brain, by which we, as intelligent beings, are capable of awareness and/or consciousness of said design.
THE GLORIES OF MARY
by Saint Alphonsus De Liguori
ISBN/EAN13: 0989130819 / 9780989130813
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This all-time Marian classic testifies to Saint Alphonsus De Liguori’s profound love for and devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, as well as his keen awareness of the essential role played by the Blessed Virgin in the sanctification of souls. His goal, in this text, is to bring his readers to the awareness of the absolute necessity of cultivating a deep devotion to the Mother of the Redeemer, who is additionally our Spiritual Mother. Saint Alphonsus points out that Mary, being our Mother in the order of grace, has been entrusted by the Most Holy Trinity with the Maternal duty of co-operating with her divine Spouse, the Holy Spirit of God, in giving birth to the Image of Christ in our souls and, subsequently, nourishing our souls with the milk of divine grace.
Herein is contained a veritable treasury of deeply moving and devotion-inspiring stories and theological truths concerning the most loving, most powerful, most merciful and most provident of all Mothers, to whom all of the great saints possessed a deep devotion, and without whom souls run the grave risk of falling victim to the wiles of the Adversary. Aware of the countless subtle and insidious heresies and false ideologies that even the most learned of theologians and the most advanced in virtue have succumbed to, precisely because they chose to dispense with holy Mother Mary, St. Alphonsus presents her as the sure protection against, and antidote for, all such attacks on behalf of the Evil One.
This work is divided into two parts: in the first of these, our Saint provides a phrase-by-phrase, textual analysis of that ancient classic, the “Salve Regina;” in the second part, the Saint provides the reader with numerous meditations and reflections on myriad Marian themes – including her major feasts, her seven sorrows, her virtues, and practices of popular piety and devotion in her honour. This book will serve as a marvelous introduction to devotion to the Blessed Mother, especially for those Christians who have difficulty understanding why Catholics possess such love, respect and admiration for the Blessed Virgin, as well as the reason why Catholic Christians would choose to be escorted into the presence of Christ the King by His Most Holy and Immaculate Mother Mary.
TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY
by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
ISBN/EAN13: 0989130800 / 9780989130806
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“True Devotion to Mary” is universally acclaimed as the single greatest and most theologically authoritative book on the Blessed Virgin Mary ever to have been written. This work has had a tremendous impact on a number of the most significant and influential popes, from the late 19th Century right down to our own times: (1) Pope Leo XIII beatified de Montfort in 1888, adopted de Montfort’s Mariological terminology (calling Mary the “Mediatrix” and “Co-Redemptrix”), and wrote no less than ten encyclicals on the Rosary; (2) Pope Saint Pius X, in 1904, wrote his key Marian encyclical, “Ad Diem Illum,” adopting much of the language and sentiment of de Montfort’s book, “True Devotion,” and even granted the Apostolic Blessing to all who would read de Montfort’s great treatise on the Blessed Virgin (that is, the book you now hold in your hands!); (3) Pope Pius XII, also a deeply Marian pope, canonized de Montfort in 1947, raising him to the honors of the altar; and (4) our beloved Blessed Pope John Paul II, as many know, took his papal motto, “Totus Tuus,” from de Montfort’s Latin prayer of total consecration to the Blessed Virgin, stating that his reading of “True Devotion” marked a “decisive turning point” in his life and spirituality that would forever shape his person, priesthood and papacy. There has even been serious speculation regarding de Montfort being made a Doctor of the Church! Clearly, this book is the definitive MUST READ for every Catholic Christian!
THE LIFE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
ISBN/EAN13: 0989130827 / 9780989130820
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The private revelations mystically granted to and chronicled by Blessed Ann Catherine Emmerich provide an intimate glimpse into the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and, by extension, into the lives of her beloved family members, including, of course, those of her Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ; her earthly spouse, St. Joseph; her parents, Sts. Anne and Joachim; other relatives and ancestors. Myriad fascinating details regarding the Nativity and the early life of Our Lord, and the Blessed Mother’s final days on earth, prior to her death and glorious Assumption, are provided in this fleshed-out compilation of the four Gospel narratives. Original illustrations of the life of Mary, footnotes and an Index of Scripture References are all included.
The Mother of the Saviour: And Our Interior Life
by Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.
ISBN/EAN13: 0989130894 /978-0989130899
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A theologian of the eminence of Father Garrigou-Lagrange does not himself need to be introduced to the public, This present work of his would, however, seem to invite a few words of explanation.
It is not a devotional book in the ordinary sense of the term: it is too openly theological for that. On the other hand, it is no mere theological treatise: the author’s aim has been to inflame hearts no less than to enlighten minds. The result is a work which demands more intellectual application than many others on Our Lady. But, by way of compensation, it touches the will at a deeper and more spiritual level than would a work of less rich content. The author’s insistence-a fully justified one-on the doctrinal side of his subject has, of course, left little room for mere literary ornament. But this lack, if lack it be, will not turn away any reader who is sincerely desirous to know Our Lady better.
As for the translation itself, though care has been taken not to attribute to Father Garrigou-Lagrange anything he did not write, it has not been possible always to translate the original with literal fidelity. Theologians who wish to use the book for strictly scientific purposes would be well advised to compare passages they intend to quote with the original.
THE MYSTICAL CITY OF GOD: LIFE OF THE VIRGIN MOTHER OF GOD – VOL. I
by Venerable Mary of Agreda
ISBN/EAN13: 0989130878 /978-0989130875
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“The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God,” as revealed to Venerable Mary of Agreda, 1602-1666; Translated from the original Spanish version into the English language by George J. Blatter; Imprimatur: H. J. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne. Rome City, Ind., Aug. 24, 1912.
“I have not revealed these mysteries in the primitive Church, because they are so great, that the faithful would have been lost in the contemplation and admiration of them at a time when it was more necessary to establish firmly the law of grace and of the Gospel. Although all mysteries of religion are in perfect harmony with each other, yet human ignorance might have suffered recoil and doubt at their magnitude, when faith in the Incarnation and Redemption and the precepts of the new law of the Gospel were yet in their beginnings.
On this same account the person of the incarnate Word said to his disciples at the last supper: “Many things have I to say to you; but you are not yet disposed to recieve them” (John 6, 12). These words He addressed to all the world, for it was not yet capable of giving full obedience to the law of grace and full assent to the faith in the Son, much less was it prepared to be introduced into the mysteries of his Mother. But now, mankind has greater need for this manifestation, and this necessity urges Me to disregard their evil disposition. And if men would now seek to please Me by reverencing, by living, and studying the wonders, which are intimately connected with this Mother of Piety, and if they would all begin to solicit her intercession from their whole heart, the world would find some relief. I will not longer withhold from men this mystical City of refuge; describe and delineate it to them, as far as thy shortcomings allow. I do not intend that thy descriptions and declarations of the life of the Blessed Virgin shall be mere opinions or contemplations, but reliable truth. They that have ears to hear, let them hear. Let those who thirst come to the living waters and leave the dried-out cisterns; let those that are seeking for the light, follow it to the end. Thus speaks the Lord God Almighty!”
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